musicians Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live  

Ranker Music
7.6k views 625 items Embed

Live from the main stage at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, this is a list of every band, musician, and singer who has performed on Saturday Night Live. Since its premiere in 1975, SNL has had more than 600 unique musical guests. It's a dream gig: familiar stage, intimate crowd, audience of millions - many of whom are hearing you for the very first time. The acts on this list run the gamut in every genre of music, from Chuck Berry to Devo to Peter Tosh to Skid Row to MC Hammer to Crash Test Dummies to Garth Brooks to The Backstreet Boys to Lorde. The bands are listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent listed first. It includes the date of the appearance - or dates, for those of us lucky enough to be invited to perform more than once.

Because of the show's longevity, Saturday Night Live musical guests are a Who's Who of the most popular musicians of each time period. A look back at the early years of the sketch show reveals frequent repeat appearances from soft rock, folksy kinds of artists like James Taylor, Carly Simon, and Anne Murray. In the 1980s, new wave acts like Men at Work and The Cars stopped by a couple times each. In the 21st Century, it's all hip hop and pop made for clubbing, all Kanye this and Drake that, with only an occasional appearance by a singer-songwriter like Father John Misty or Adele.

For more about SNL guests, check out these lists of all Saturday Night Live hosts and the worst SNL hosts of all time.

625
Chris Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 625 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Chris Stapleton Bluegrass, Country, Southern rock

2nd ep. 1) January 16, 2016; 2) January 27, 2018

14 Famous People Who Have PhDs The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

624
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 624 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Troye Sivan

January 20, 2018

623
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 623 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Halsey

January 13, 2018

622
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 622 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

8th ep. 1) December 2, 1995; 2) November 6, 1999; 3) February 22, 2003; 4) November 12, 2005; 5) October 13, 2007; 6) April 9, 2011; 7) May 19, 2012; 8) December 17, 2017

621
SZA is listed (or ranked) 621 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
SZA

December 9, 2017

620
U2 is listed (or ranked) 620 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

4th ep. 1) December 9, 2000; 2) November 20, 2004; 3) September 26, 2009; 4) December 2, 2017

619
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 619 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

7th ep. 1) October 23, 1999; 2) October 7, 2000; 3) May 11, 2002; 4) October 30, 2004; 5) December 18, 2010; 6) November 2, 2013; 7) November 18, 2017

618
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 618 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Taylor Swift Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

3rd ep. 1) January 10, 2009; 2) November 7, 2009; 3) November 11, 2017

617
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 617 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Miley Cyrus Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

3rd ep. 1) October 5, 2013; 2) October 3, 2015; 3) November 4, 2017

616
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 616 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

3rd ep. 1) January 12, 2002; 2) December 6, 2003; 3) October 14, 2017

615
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 615 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Sam Smith Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

2nd ep. 1) March 29, 2014; 2) October 7, 2017

614
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 614 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

4th ep. 1) December 16, 2000; 2) November 2, 2002; 3) May 8, 2010; 4) September 30, 2017

613
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 613 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Katy Perry Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

3rd ep. 1) September 25, 2010; 2) October 12, 2013; 3) May 20 2017

612
HAIM is listed (or ranked) 612 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
HAIM Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

2nd ep. 1) November 23, 2013; 2) May 13, 2017

611
LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 611 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
LCD Soundsystem Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

May 6, 2017

The Best SNL Musical Performances The Best Rock Vocalists

610
Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 610 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Harry Styles

April 15, 2017

609
The Chainsmokers is listed (or ranked) 609 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
The Chainsmokers Disco, Rock music, Hip Hop

April 8, 2017

608
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 608 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Lorde Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

March 11, 2017

607
Father John Misty is listed (or ranked) 607 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Father John Misty

March 4, 2017

606
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 606 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Ed Sheeran Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

2nd ep: 1) April 12, 2014; 2) February 11, 2017

605
Alessia Cara is listed (or ranked) 605 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Alessia Cara

February 4, 2017

604
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 604 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Big Sean Hip hop music

January 21, 2017

603
Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 603 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Sturgill Simpson

January 14, 2017

602
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 602 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Chance The Rapper Hip hop music

1) December 12, 2015; 2) December 17, 2016

601
Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 601 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Shawn Mendes Contemporary R&B

December 3, 2016

600
The xx is listed (or ranked) 600 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
The xx Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

November 19, 2016

599
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 599 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
A Tribe Called Quest Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

November 12, 2016

598
Solange Knowles is listed (or ranked) 598 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Solange Knowles Hip hop music, Neo soul, Dance-pop

November 5, 2016

597
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 597 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

3rd ep: 1) October 3, 2009; 2) May 21, 2011; 3) November 16, 2013; 4) October 22, 2016

The Best Songs on Chris Stapleton's Album From a Room: Volume 2 43 Idiots Who Picked Fights with the Wrong Guy

596
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 596 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Bruno Mars Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

4th ep: 1) October 9, 2010; 2) October 20, 2012; 3) November 22, 2014; 4) October 15, 2016

595
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 595 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Twenty One Pilots Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

October 8, 2016

594
The Weeknd is listed (or ranked) 594 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
The Weeknd Indie pop, Downtempo, Dubstep

2nd ep: 1) October 10, 2015; 2) October 1, 2016

593
Courtney Barnett is listed (or ranked) 593 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Courtney Barnett

May 21, 2016

592
Drake is listed (or ranked) 592 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Drake Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

3rd ep: 1) October 15, 2011; 2) January 18, 2014; 3) May 14, 2016

591
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 591 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

3rd ep: 1) September 29, 2001; 2) January 9, 2010; 3) May 7, 2016

590
Nick Jonas is listed (or ranked) 590 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Nick Jonas Teen pop, Pop rock

April 16, 2016

589
Margo Price is listed (or ranked) 589 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Margo Price

April 9, 2016

588
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 588 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Gwen Stefani Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

2nd: 1) December 9, 2006; 2) April 2, 2016

587
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 587 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

2nd: 1) September 27, 2014; 2) March 12, 2016

586
Future is listed (or ranked) 586 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Future Hip hop music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

March 5, 2016

585
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 585 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Kanye West Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

6th ep: 1) October 1, 2005; 2) September 29, 2007; 3) December 13, 2008; 4) October 2, 2010; 5) May 18, 2013; 6) February 13, 2016

584
The 1975 is listed (or ranked) 584 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
The 1975 Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

February 6, 2016

583
Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 583 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Selena Gomez Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

January 23, 2016

The Best EDM YouTube Channels The Best Singers of All Time

582
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 582 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

3rd ep: 1) May 9, 1992; 2) October 5, 2002; 3) December 19, 2017

581
Leon Bridges is listed (or ranked) 581 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Leon Bridges

December 5, 2015

580
Adele is listed (or ranked) 580 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

1) October 18, 2008; 2) November 21, 2015

579
Disclosure is listed (or ranked) 579 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Disclosure Synthpop, Deep house, Electronic music

November 14, 2015

578
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 578 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

1) January 17, 2015; 2) November 7, 2015

577
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 577 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Demi Lovato Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

October 17, 2015

576
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 576 on the list Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

1) December 5, 2009; 2) October 30, 2010; 3) May 5, 2012; 4) November 10, 2012; 5) May 16, 2015